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HIV/AIDS

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About HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.

About 50,000 people get infected with HIV each year. In 2010, there were around 47,500 new HIV infections in the United States.

HIV/AIDS Prevention

Choose less risky sexual behaviors, limit your number of sex partners, use condoms, use medicines to prevent HIV if appropriate, and get checked for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The more of these actions you take, the safer you can be.

Specifically, you can:

Read More

Read more about HIV/AIDS at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Website